The historic total solar eclipse destined to traverse the United States on August 21 is a rare opportunity for the world to see and learn from the phenomenon of our universe. For months, schools have been teaching about astronomy and providing students with projects that will come alive on that day. Museums and planetariums have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw visitors with special events, programs, and hands-on activities to enrich our understanding of the eclipse and our solar system. Even cities along the path of the eclipse are making the event a day of community activities, with businesses offering special eclipse products, meals, gatherings, and viewing areas.
Columbia, South Carolina, where Core Technology Solutions is headquartered, is one of the optimal viewing cities for the eclipse. Thousands will be out to view the phenomenon, many no doubt will make a day of it around Lake Murray. And because CTS employs so many in the IT industry, we are aware that what our technology professionals do every day impacts even global events like the eclipse.
Do you want to optimize your viewing of this historic eclipse? IT developers have created a number of technology products that will enhance your experience on August 21.
Phys.org recently published an article by George Avalos titled “Solar eclipse apps help people prepare for celestial extravaganza,” detailing the various apps now available to eclipse fans who want to understand the event better in real time.
At least 15 free apps that focus on the eclipse are available for Android phones, iPhones, or both. They’ll help you find your way to spots where you can experience the eclipse from within the dark path of the moon’s shadow, learn photography techniques, read about solar eclipses, connect to live-streamed telescope views, and more.
Although other eclipses have occurred in the information age, this time the so-called Great American Eclipse will offer a coast-to-coast solar eclipse in the United States, home to the world’s largest technology companies and social networks.
Many of the apps, developed for use at the Smithsonian and other museums, allow users to find optimal locations for viewing, live streaming from NASA, tracking during the “shadow” phase, and much more. A lot of features are interactive.
Bill O’Neil, of the San Jose Astronomical Association remarked, “It will get a lot of people thinking outside of the box, raise interest regarding science in general, and people will be able to use apps to enhance the experience.”
The Great American Eclipse is certain to create a wide range of interest in science and technology. It’s really a gift from above, and something that generations to come will remember. Who knows how many young people will choose careers in technology or science because of this event? And what further research and application of technology will arise because IT professionals put their skills to work for a phenomenal event that comes only once in a lifetime.
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